Pope Francis has done nothing to prevent sex abuse
STOP TALKING. START DOING. That's my message to Pope Francis about the abuse crisis.
The pope is already being more inclusive, decisive, and innovative. “A real breath of fresh air,” he’s been repeatedly and justifiably called. He’s addressing church finances, governance, and morale.
But on the most devastating controversy that has roiled the US Catholic Church for decades — and that is beginning to roil the church in the developing world these days — he is woefully backward.
Francis has indeed taken concrete steps to change staid church practices in several respects. So many Catholics assume he’s also tackling the ongoing clergy sex abuse and coverup crisis. Sadly, they’re wrong.
Here’s a simple way to assess the pope’s performance regarding this scandal: Name one complicit church official anywhere who . . .